Texan Softball opens WAC play with weekend series against Sam Houston

TheTeams: Tarleton Texans (14-6, 0-0 WAC) vs. Sam Houston Bearkats (9-11, 3-0 WAC)
Where: Stephenville, TX
Stadium: Tarleton Softball Complex
Times: 2 p.m. / 4:30 p.m. CT (Saturday); 12 p.m. CT (Sunday)

TEXAN SOFTBALL GAME DAY

Tarleton Softball is set to make their conference debut this weekend in an altered three-game series against Sam Houston. The series, which was originally scheduled to begin Friday, will now start Saturday with a 2 pm CT doubleheader and wrap up at noon on Sunday.

Live stats and video will be available for all three games of the series. Links can be found at the softball schedule on TarletonSports.com. There will also be the first radio broadcast of the season when Kyle Crews has the call on 90.5 FM KTRL in Stephenville.

ABOUT THE MATCHUPS

  • Tarleton returns home to begin Western Athletic Conference action with three games against Sam Houston on Saturday and Sunday. The series has been altered due to cold temperatures on Friday and will now be a Saturday doubleheader at 2 pm and a single game Sunday at 12 pm
  • Tarleton and Sam Houston met for the first time last year in a single midweek game and the Bearkats took the game 3-1 in Huntsville. TO katy schaefer home run was all the offense Tarleton could muster in the previous matchup.

QUICK HITS

  • Georgia Capell slugged her sixth home run of the season last weekend. She is tied with North Alabama’s Georgia Land for the most home runs by reclassifying players. While reclassifying players are not counted among the national leaders, Capell would be tied for No. 42 in the nation in home runs.
  • With three more home runs, Georgia Capell will become Tarleton State University’s most prolific home run hitter ever. Between the baseball and softball program histories, Capell is currently only behind baseball star Mike Cantu (58) with 56 career home runs. She is four shy of being the first player in the purple and white to reach 60 home runs.
  • Katy Schaefer’s streak of consecutive games on base came to an end in Saturday’s first game at McNeese State. She reached base in 15 straight games to begin the season.
  • Georgia Capell was named the WAC Hitter of the Week for her efforts last week. She recorded a hit in every game on her way to a .615 batting average. She currently enters the series with a team-leading five-game hitting streak.
  • Amanda DeSario’s four-hit performance against UTEP is still the first four-hit performance for Tarleton this season. It’s the first four-hit game by a Texan in the D1 era and since Georgia Capell vs. UT Tyler on March 6, 2020.

WAC UPDATES

  • LEAGUE STANDINGS: Tarleton is the only team in the Southwest Division to have not started league play. The Texans have the top overall record in the division.
  • FOUR NEW MEMBERS, TWO ON THE WAY: Just a year after welcoming two schools to the league in Dixie State and Tarleton, the WAC has opened its arms once again by bringing in the ‘Texas 4’ group of Abilene Christian, Stephen F. Austin, Sam Houston, and Lamar. Tarleton will also bring in Southern Utah next year and Incarnate Word in 2023 to grow by eight members over a four-year span. Incarnate Word recently accepted an invitation to join the league.
  • OWNING THE LONE STAR STATE: With the addition of the four Texas schools, the WAC now boasts the largest presence of any conference in the nation at the NCAA Division I level in the state of Texas.
  • LEAGUE DIVISIONS: With the addition of the four Texas schools, the WAC has gone into two divisions in softball for the first time. The Texans are a part of the Southwest Division that includes all five of the league’s Texas softball-playing schools – Tarleton, ACU, SFA, Sam Houston, and Lamar.
  • PRESEASON POLL: Tarleton was picked to finish fourth in the Southwest Division of the Western Athletic Conference. With eight points, the Texans were picked behind SFA (16), Sam Houston (13), and Abilene Christian (9) in a division that includes all five of the league’s Texas schools.
  • NEW COMMISH IN TOWN: The Western Athletic Conference Board of Directors has announced Brian Thornton as the seventh commissioner in the 60-year history of the conference. Thornton replaces Jeff Hurd, who will be ending a 10-year run as commissioner and 37 years overall at the conference on December 31, 2021.

CAPELL LOOKING TO REWRITE THE RECORD BOOKS
Georgia Capell has put together a Hall of Fame worthy resume. Capell enters the weekend as the program’s all-time leader in home runs (56), runs (190), total bases (467), and doubles (58). She is also top 5 in program history in two more offensive categories: hits (235) and RBI (186). She’s also on pace to be among the all-time leaders in batting average and slugging percentage.

Hits
# player Seasons Total
1. Melody Mayse 2013-16 260
two. Nyka Wood 2015-18 258
3. Georgia Capell 2018-22 235
Four. arianna rodriguez 2010-13 208
5. Alicia Petersma 1999-02 192
Doubles
# player Seasons Total
1. Georgia Capell 2018-22 58
two. Nyka Wood 2015-18 56
3. Alicia Petersma 1999-02 49
Four. arianna rodriguez 2010-13 47
5. Katelyn Conlee 2013-16 40
RBI
# player Seasons Total
1. Nyka Wood 2015-18 191
two. Georgia Capell 2018-22 186
3. arianna rodriguez 2010-13 149
Four. Alicia Petersma 1999-02 129
5. Katelyn Conlee 2013-16 108
Hit By Pitch
# player Seasons Total
1. Georgia Capell 2018-22 48
two. april gonzalez 2007-10 47
3. Nyka Wood 2015-18 36
Four. arianna rodriguez 2010-13 29
5. tanna hui 2018-19 twenty

NOTABLE

  • ROAD WARRIORS: Since the 2019 regular season finale against West Texas A&M on April 27, Tarleton has been the very definition of weary travelers. Tarleton Softball has played 101 games since the beginning of the 2019 postseason and 79 of those have been away from Stephenville. The Texans are 36-43 in road games since May 3, 2019 and 17-5 at home. Tarleton went 713 days between home losses (April 27, 2019 to April 9, 2021).
  • CHASING CANTU: In the history of diamond sports (baseball and softball) at Tarleton State University, there has only ever been one person to hit over 50 home runs while wearing the purple and the white. Texan Baseball star Mike Cantu is the program’s all-time home run leader with 58 roundtrippers from 1988-91. Capell (56) joins Cantu as the only Texans in university history to club 50 career long balls.
  • FULLY-CHARGED BATTERY: After injuries decimated the Tarleton pitching and catching units last season, the Texans made a significant push in those areas this offseason. Tarleton has four catchers on roster with key transfers Brittany Coe (UTSA) and Brady Rowland (Memphis) coming in to join Miranda Pruitt and freshman Paige Nunes. In the circle, Tarleton relied heavily on Tristan Bridges and Julia Wernet last year but will boast the largest pitching staff in program history this season. Tarleton has eight pitchers on staff with the addition of transfers Hannah May (Texas A&M), Reagan Chism (SFA), and Chyanne Ellett (Memphis).
  • IT’S A FAMILY THING: newcomer Ashlee LaRue joins Tarleton after spending one season at Ole Miss. LaRue is a native of Blanco, Texas and has quite the family history with baseball and softball. Her father, Shaun, played professionally with the Cincinnati Reds system. Her aunt, Brooke, played three years for Tarleton from 2007-09. Her uncle, Jason, played 12 years in Major League Baseball for Cincinnati, Kansas City, and St. Louis.
  • FOLLOWING IN HER FOOTSTEPS: After earning an undergraduate degree from Texas A&M, Hannah May has transferred to Tarleton where her mother was a trailblazer for the beginning of the Tarleton Softball program. Hannah Mayo’s mom, Heather, was part of the first two teams to compete in fastpitch softball at Tarleton in 1996-97. Heather was the winning pitcher for the first victory in program history on Feb. 19, 1996 against Schreiner College 3-2 in extra innings. She was also an All-LSC First Team and Academic All-LSC award winner for the Texans in 1997. de ella’s Daughter, Hannah, made her home debut last weekend against Texas A & M-Corpus Christi and pitched five innings in a 5- 4 win over the Islanders.
  • AGAINST P5s: Tarleton faced off against teams from the Power 5 conferences 11 times during their first two seasons in NCAA Division I. Tarleton’s first win against those schools was an 11-9 win in extra innings over Texas Tech on March 20, 2021. Most recently, Tarleton defeated Syracuse 2-1 on back-to-back home runs with two outs in the seventh on Feb. 18, 2022.
  • SCORING 10: The Tarleton offense has been phenomenal early on this season. The Texans have scored 10 or more runs six times this season, tying their entire total of 10-run games since last year (6).
  • WAC OPENER: Sam Houston opened WAC play last weekend with a three-game sweep of Lamar in Huntsville. Meanwhile, Tarleton will be making their WAC debut this weekend. The Texans went 1-2 in their WAC-opening series last season at Dixie State.
  • LEAD OFF ON LOCK: There is only one position in the Tarleton lineup that has not changed this season – the leadoff spot. Morgan Medford You have started all 20 games in the No. 1 position of the Texan lineup.
  • LET THE STICKS DO THE TALKIN’: When Tarleton scores three runs or more this season, the Texans are 13-1 including a perfect 8-0 when topping six runs in a game.

UP NEXT FOR TARLETON
Tarleton will take a midweek trip to Prairie View A&M on Tuesday for a doubleheader before resuming WAC play over the weekend in Abilene Christian. The Texans and Wildcats will play a single game Friday at 6 pm and a doubleheader at noon.

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